Here’s What People Are Saying About RAJA, Story of a Racehorse
“An outstanding debut novel for young people.”
—Kirkus starred review
“This is a very very good book. It’s definitely one of my favorite horse books – and I have read a lot of them!….. It’s heartbreaking at times but also wonderful at others. I couldn’t put it down. I would definitely recommend it!”
“A compelling tale of the courage and resilience of a great Thoroughbred, my favorite breed.”
—Michael Matz, Hall of Fame Show Jumper, Olympic medalist and trainer of 2006 Kentucky Derby winner, Barbaro
I began my equestrian adventures riding with the Somerset Hills Pony Club in New Jersey, eventually earning my United States Pony Club “A” rating. My first pony, Red Rascal (“Reddie”), was a ten hand chestnut Shetland who could (and did!) jump three foot coops. My best friend’s mother had a VW microbus and we would take out the seats and “trailer” our ponies to pony club in the back.
Reddie was followed by a series of fun and naughty ponies and horses: Charlie, a grey Welsh Pony who always won ribbons; Smartie, who preferred pony racing; Robbie, a Quarter Horse/TB who did everything, and others. I was passionate about eventing during college and bartered cooking for riding lessons from USEA Hall of Fame eventing coach and rider, Denny Emerson. When I wasn’t studying or playing lacrosse, I was at the barn with Silver Squire, my fifteen hand Connemara/TB. We did some long-format three day events (of course, steeplechase was our favorite phase!)
My first job after college was running a small private eventing stable. But then, like my retired racehorses, I began a journey of many different steps. I’ve led trekking groups in the Ruwenzori Mountains; sat next to U.N. delegates at International Climate Negotiations and written speeches and articles for the President of Costa Rica. I’ve worked for U.S. Government agencies and environmental groups and now I advise companies on how to reduce their environmental impacts.
After time away from horses to travel, go to graduate school and build my career, I found myself pulled back into the equestrian world. This time, the beautiful and exciting sport of steeplechasing won my heart. I raced over fences as an amateur for fifteen years – keeping my various day jobs, of course. I had a lot of fun and won a few races along the way. I’m now retired from race riding but have fun training, eventing and show jumping my retired racehorses from my farm in Vermont.